August 2013: The biggest, baddest bungled batch ever
That brings us to this month and what a crop of bad patches we saw. Within 48 hours of the month's Automatic Update, Microsoft publicly admitted six Windows patches were bad and pulled four of them. As far as I can tell, that's a record -- and I've been watching Microsoft patches for more than a decade. It's not just a record for bad patches. It's a record for how quickly Microsoft acknowledged, documented, and in some cases, pulled the offending patches.
If Microsoft continues to come clean with its screw-ups -- by no means a given -- those of us who wait for patches will have a much easier job stalling on the stinkers.